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If you want to feel like a kid again, you can watch as our local cotton candy maker, Tailor, spin a confection that looks like pillows of wool but melts in your mouth like a snowflake.

Cotton candy never loses the "wow" factor, it even has it's own kind of magic: the magic of food science.

Eating Cotton Candy

Cotton candy, also known as fairy floss and candy floss, is a spun sugar confection that resembles cotton.

It is made by heating and liquefying sugar, and spinning it centrifugally through minute holes, causing it to rapidly cool and re-solidify into fine strands.

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Nutritionally speaking, the sugars in cotton candy are simple carbohydrates, so they supply your body nothing but calories -- just pure energy.

 

Like all calories, they can contribute to weight gain, but on the other hand, a standard serving of cotton candy contains far less sugar than one can of a regular soft drink: one teaspoon of sugar versus 12.

Cotton Candy